Mike Tyson's teased comeback is 'not something' for Eddie Hearn, says the promoter
"If it keeps him happy then why not keep training?"
By Andy Scott & James Dielhenn
Last Updated: 18/05/20 2:35pm
Promoter Eddie Hearn admits Mike Tyson’s suggested comeback is "intriguing" but he wouldn't like to see the former heavyweight champion fight again.
Tyson, aged 53, has looked explosive in social media training footage and his old rival Evander Holyfield told Sky Sports News that another meeting in the ring was up for discussion.
Hearn told Sky Sports: "We all know my head can be turned for a few quid! You saw my KSI vs Logan Paul fight which I got stick for, but it was a roaring success and I really enjoyed it. It taught me a lot.
"Imagine if I said: 'Mike Tyson is returning to the ring and I will promote him!'
"The stick I'd get would be unbelievable. It's not something I'm looking to do.
"I expect him to come back in some sort of exhibition, or something like that. Is that good or enjoyable? I suppose it's intriguing.
"Tyson looked fantastic on the pads but he's 53. Look at his last fight against Kevin McBride. He won't be able to compete at [a high level].
"It's good to see him training. He's in great shape. If it keeps him happy then why not keep training? I wouldn't like to see him fight in the ring professionally."
Holyfield, who twice beat Tyson in their heyday including once via notorious disqualification when his ear was bitten, has suggested they could meet again in an exhibition contest.
"I wouldn't ask nobody to do anything they don't want to do. But it's for charity," the 57-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"If we can work something out that works for everybody then it's a win-win-win."
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Razor, so-called for his punches that split opponents' skin, did what Tyson and co are currently threatening to do by launching a comeback into the heavyweight division five years ago as a 51-year-old. It ended disastrously in a resounding KO defeat to a rival 22 years his junior.
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